I know the prisons around here are busting at the seams, with administrators scrambling for creative ways to house (and pay for) additional prisoners. The big question is quite simple: why are all these people behind bars? And, it’s happening everywhere in the U.S.
The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment. Americans are locked up for crimes – from writing bad checks to using drugs – that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular […]